Saturday, 13 November 2010

Decorating for Christmas

Breckland Flower and Garden Club

Travelling to Old Buckenham from Bedford, Lisa Howard demonstrated her 'Enchanted Christmas' to a packed hall at the November meeting of the Breckland Flower and Garden Club.
Starting with an advent ring which included deep burgundy roses, mini-gerberas and carnations she followed with a long table arrangement set with orange and bronze candles together with lilies, gerberas, carnations and roses. Then came an alternative Christmas tree - a moss covered cone studded with pink roses and coloured balls. An angel was her next offering - complete with wings and halo - dressed in pink lilies, astilbe, gerberas and carnations .No Christmas is complete without a snow scene and Lisa's green and white design included six different white flowers of varying textures with palm and aspidistra leaves all set in a white sleigh. The final design was a kissing bower with deep purple liatris, lisianthus, white roses and canna lilies woven through.
In the competition for flower arrangements the New Hands section was won by Susan Thurlo with Janet Skidmore second. The Old Hands section was won jointly by Shirley Penfold and Ursula Jackson with Norma Howes second; the trophy for the best use of garden plant material was awarded to Ursula Jackson.
The table show was won by Sally Westrup, Melllissa Sheldrake was second and Sylvia Briggs third.
The next meeting on Thursday 9 December at Old Buckenham Village Hall will commence at 1.30pm for the workshop (a list requirements can be obtained from Pat or Sally). Please bring a plate of nibbles for afternoon tea. There will also be a Christmas stall but please do not wrap gifts.
The competition will be for a Christmas table arrangement with a candle on a cake stand and the table show will be for three stems of seasonal foliage.
Looking ahead to next year, the meeting on Thursday 13 January at Old Buckenham Village Hall will be an illustrated talk starting at 2pm. The competition will be for an arrangement incorporating a photoframe and dried and/or preserved material. The table show will be for three stems to show winter colour.

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